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Intelligence Shows No Planning for Benghazi Consulate Attack (Barf)
Abcnews.com ^ | 10/20/12 | Luis Martinez

Posted on 10/20/2012 6:15:15 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper

The latest intelligence assessment of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi indicates there was little if any pre-planning for it and that it was in part an opportunistic response to the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack, which has become a political hot potato in the presidential campaign with questions over when the Obama administration called the attack an act of terrorism.

“Right now, there isn’t any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance,” said a U.S. intelligence official. ”The bulk of available information supports the early assessment that the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.” But the official added that “no one is ruling out that some of the attackers may have aspired to attack the U.S. in Benghazi.”

Republican lawmakers have seized on U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice’s comments on Sunday talk shows days on September 16 attributing the deadly Benghazi attack to spontaneous protests against an anti-Muslim film made in the U.S. that had been posted on the Internet. As more information emerged they pointed to the use of mortars and RPG’s in the attack as indicating it was not a spontaneous protest as the Obama administration had claimed, but an act of terrorism.

Rice’s comments were based on talking points she had been provided by the intelligence community. The intelligence official said those talking points were written for members of Congress and senior U.S. officials so they “could say something preliminary about the attacks.”

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Unbelievable... looks like it was written by Cutter or Axelrod. I seriously thought it was a spoof....
1 posted on 10/20/2012 6:15:21 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Stevens emails tell a different story


2 posted on 10/20/2012 6:18:06 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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What a joke....This is the lead story at abcnews.com:

http://abcnews.go.com/


3 posted on 10/20/2012 6:19:23 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper
The Brits and Red Cross left Benghazi because it was so safe. /sarc

MI6 and the Israelis knew Al Quada was there and said so.

4 posted on 10/20/2012 6:20:23 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

The random attackers had ... Mortars?

Mortar fire killed the two ex SEALs.

Sounds like a typical YouTube riot to me...


5 posted on 10/20/2012 6:21:06 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Reads like an Obama press release.


6 posted on 10/20/2012 6:21:56 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Also note these new “the situation is still under investigation so the source asked to remain anonymous.”

I. e.

the situation will be swept under the rug until post election.


7 posted on 10/20/2012 6:22:56 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Sleeping Freeper
So, a bunch of opportunistic amateurs were able to destroy a U S consulate and murder a US Ambassador, a State Department agent and two other US hero's who were at Benghazi on behest of the US Government? I am not sure this is much better spin than what they have floated before.
8 posted on 10/20/2012 6:26:13 PM PDT by Mizpah ((Teach your children how to think, not what to think.))
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To: Sleeping Freeper

This re ersal helps us and shows they’re in disarray. The QRT who were helicoptered in by emergency were ambushed and reported that it was done by professionals who behaved as if they KNEW they were coming.

The bigger US QRT in south Italy was only a 1hr flight away but just SAT on the tarmac.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 6:26:37 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nhwingut

A group had gathered. FALSE. Was all quiet and the Ambassador went to sleep. The attackers arrived suddenly and all together. They carried AK47s, RPGs, and mortars.

They really are trying to keep the spontaneous riot lie going this late into the game? Sad.


10 posted on 10/20/2012 6:27:10 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Sleeping Freeper

They just provided Hussein cover for Monday night - he can say he was right about the attack from the beginning, that present intelligence says he was right, so screw you Romney.


11 posted on 10/20/2012 6:27:50 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper
There is nothing this Administration says that can be taken at face value without independent confirmation. The lies are so thick and fast it is almost impossible to determine if there is any truth at all. I hope enough people see through them and don't want to be in the “Lie to Me” club.
12 posted on 10/20/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Sleeping Freeper

It WAS written by Cutter and Axelrod.

Just you wait and see, Obama will pitch his chin up and intone:

“Our intelligence officers still have not been able to determine what exactly happened ... I implore my opponent to refrain further politicization of this tragedy (sniff, sniff ...). By the way, bin Laden is dead, GM is alive, and al Qaeda is on its heels, so all is well in the world!”


13 posted on 10/20/2012 6:31:37 PM PDT by dodger
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Too thin, Axelrod, too thin.

“Al Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Libya

By Sherif Elhelwa

Posted by: photo2

It was here at the courthouse in Benghazi where the first spark of the Libyan revolution ignited. It’s the symbolic seat of the revolution; post-Gaddafi Libya’s equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square. And it was here, in the tumultuous months of civil war, that the ragtag rebel forces established their provisional government and primitive, yet effective, media center from which to tell foreign journalists about their “fight for freedom.”

But according to multiple eyewitnesses—myself included—one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi’s courthouse.

According to one Benghazi resident, Islamists driving brand-new SUVs and waving the black al Qaeda flag drive the city’s streets at night shouting, “Islamiya, Islamiya! No East, nor West,” a reference to previous worries that the country would be bifurcated between Gaddafi opponents in the east and the pro-Gaddafi elements in the west.

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Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that “there is no God but Allah” and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, “Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don’t publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself.”

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He followed me inside the courthouse, but luckily my driver Khaled was close by, and interceded on my behalf. According to Khaled, the guard had angrily threatened to harm me. When I again engaged him in conversation, he told me “this flag is the true flag of Islam,” and was unresponsive when I argued with him that historically Islam has never been represented by a single flag. The guard claimed repeatedly that there is no al Qaeda in Libya, and that the flag flying atop the courthouse is “dark black,” while the al Qaeda flag is charcoal black. To many locals, it’s a distinction without a difference. One man approached me with a friendly warning: “I recommend that you leave now; [the Islamist fighters] could be watching you.”

But none of this should be surprising. In Tripoli, Abdelhakim Belhaj, a well-known al Qaeda fighter and founder of the notorious Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), is now leading the rebel “military counsel” in Tripoli. A few weeks ago, Belhaj ordered his fighters to take command of the Tripoli airport, then controlled by a group of Zintan fighters, a brigade of Berber Libyans who helped liberate the capital from Gaddafi loyalists. A few days later, Belhaj gave a speech emphasizing that his actions had the blessings of Libya’s National Transitional Counsel (NTC), who appointed him to the leadership of Tripoli’s military command.

According to a Libyan who didn’t want to be named, a special military group inside the NTC is calling on Salafi fighters with military backgrounds to join a special group fighting in the rebellion. “There will be special benefits if you join whether you die in battle, or when you return home,” including monthly salaries. (One NTC source told me that Belhaj’s fighters are the only rebel fighters who receive a monthly salary.)

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In a recent speech heralding the new beginning of post-Gaddafi Libya, Moustafa Abdeljalil, the head of the NTC, declared the country an “Islamic state, and sharia law is the source of all our laws.” It was indeed an odd declaration for a leader celebrating his country’s liberation, leading many to wonder: Who are Abdeljalil and the NTC trying to appease?

It isn’t uncommon to discover rebels with radical backgrounds. In an off-the-record interview, one NTC member spoke casually of his past, explaining that the Gaddafi regime blacklisted him from the country for his ties to LIFG. He told me of his close association with Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the infamous “blind cleric” jailed for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who he helped ferry across the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan during the mujahedeen fight against the Soviet Union.

The war to rid the country of the Gaddafi dictatorship might have ended, but the battle for control of post-revolutionary Libya has only just begun. And it will surprise few that assorted radicals, jihadists, Salafists, and LIFG veterans are attempting to fill the power vacuum and replace one dictatorship with another.

Meet the guys who kicked the Gaddafi regime out of the Benghazi courthouse in our Rebels of Libya documentary.”

By Sherif Elhelwa

http://www.vice.com/read/al-qaeda-plants-its-flag-in-libya

22tula says:

September 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri: “Rise against Global Order of Injustice”
MEMRI – TV – September 11, 2012
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3569.htm

“Al_Zawahri personally ordered Al Qaeda to murder US Ambassador Stevens”
DEBKAfile – September 12, 2012
http://www.debka.com/article/22353/Al-Zawahri-personally-ordered-Al-Qaeda-to-murder-US-Ambassador-Stevens-

” ‘Arab Spring’ Explodes in Attacks Against America”
by Clare M. Lopez – September 12, 2012
http://chinaconfidential.blogspot.com/

The Frank Gaffney Show
Secure Freedom Radio – September 12, 2012
http://www.securefreedomradio.org/2012/09/12/who-knew-what-and-when/


14 posted on 10/20/2012 6:32:03 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Ok so....if a six hour firefight with billowing smoke and heavy and accurate use of MOTAR CREWS begins SPONTANEOUSLY then that is a sufficient reason for HUNDREDS of people at TWELVE ops centers to take NO military action...?

Am I reading you clearly, there...?


15 posted on 10/20/2012 6:32:49 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Sleeping Freeper

No planning, they just whipped those Mortars out of their Jeans and got funky.

Somebody thinks we are idiots.


16 posted on 10/20/2012 6:39:16 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Imagine how it’d turned out had they planned it! They even got the safe house (on a whim) and attacked vehicles all the way to the hospital w/Stevens. /s


17 posted on 10/20/2012 6:41:59 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Sleeping Freeper

What a relief.. For a minute there I thought Benghazi was a terrorist attack! /s


18 posted on 10/20/2012 6:43:34 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: TigerClaws
"The random attackers had ... Mortars?"

"Hey Dilbert-that Yankee just pinched your sister's behind. Go git the mortar."

19 posted on 10/20/2012 6:48:32 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

This was Barry’s Blackhawk Down....errr....Hawk BACKDOWN..?

Imagine that we go back in time and after Mogadishu Bubba said, ah well the Aideed resistance that day built up pretty SPONTANEOUSLY...

Would anyone have taken him seriously...? Yet NOW that is precisely thereaction they expect —why...?


20 posted on 10/20/2012 6:50:59 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Sleeping Freeper

The tail wags the dog. The CIA rewrites its finding to fit the narrative of a crooked politician at election time. I think the whistleblowers will come out of the woodwork now.


21 posted on 10/20/2012 6:54:46 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper
They are lying through their teeth about not having any type of intelligence indicating it was planned weeks or even months in advance.

The intelligence shows the terrorist attack was planned THEN the protest were planned to correspond with the attack to provide a cover story and make it appear as if the terrorist are so in tune with the news they can carry out an attack at the drop of a hat based on what is in the news instead of having to orchestrate the news for the attack.

Been there and done that before, it was in January 2006 with the release of the UBL tape.

22 posted on 10/20/2012 7:10:22 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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23 posted on 10/20/2012 7:11:00 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

24 posted on 10/20/2012 7:53:37 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Just in time for the Sunday talk shows...with enough coverage ENMASSE by the lying drive by media on Monday.


25 posted on 10/20/2012 7:56:00 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

That has been proven to be BS for a couple of weeks now and ABC is still trying to cover for Obama.


26 posted on 10/20/2012 8:04:00 PM PDT by Venturer
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And they “opportunistically” had enough firepower to wage destruction for up to 6 hours...
27 posted on 10/21/2012 3:02:21 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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